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Comparison Shopping with Invisible Hand!

Sep 04, 2013 12:00 am

I loved Bitsy's recent Quick Tip on Invisible Hand, a browser extension that searches for a better deal for what you are shopping for online. I decided to put it to the test, and see if it could save me some money.

1) Melissa and Doug Kitchen Accessory Set: I first went to Amazon to see how much they were. I have a Prime membership, so that two day free shipping is always tempting! Invisible Hand automatically searched for other options for me.


The Amazon price is $25 with Prime two day shipping or free with orders over $25. Even though is a little bit cheaper, I know that I'll have to pay for shipping on that website, so that's no good. Sears has a free store pick up option, but as I don't live near one, for me, Amazon is still the best price.


2) The Hunger Games DVD: Starting at Amazon again, the price is $9.96 with Prime Two day shipping or free shipping with orders over $25. Invisible Hand tells me that there is a copy on Ebay for $2.99, but when I go to check it out, it's actually Borat…though to be fair it looks like the seller actually listed it as The Hunger Games by mistake. So again, Amazon is the best deal.




3) Toddler Bed Sheet Set: Starting with a general search at Amazon, I find Nojo Toddler 3 Piece Sheet Set for $21.29 with Prime Shipping. Invisible Hand lets me know that it is the same price at Target, and slightly more expensive at This is actually good information, as both Target and are stores that I regularly use. Also, because I have a Target REDCard, I can get a further 5% reduction and free shipping. At the same time, I know that offer lightning fast shipping, so if I needed this the next day, that would be my best bet.


Flight Search: I don't know why, but I couldn't get this to work. I tried pricing a flight from NYC to Boston with a general Google search, an Expedia search, and a search on various airline websites, but Invisible Hand never popped up. I guess you could say it stayed... invisible... (groan!).

Conclusion: I didn't discover any new stores, or see any dramatic price differences during these searches, but it was convenient to have more than option displayed simulaneously. I think Invisible Hand would be particularly helpful around large sales times, such as Black Friday, or the frenzied shopping lead up to the holidays. Invisible Hand is unobtrusive, and doesn't make any sounds, which would be a sure-fire way to get me to uninstall it. Available as an add-on for Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari, you can find out more info at

What's your favorite way to comparison shop? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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